Church events webpage: admitting defeat

I just removed the “Events” tab from my church’s website.

And it feels so good.

I had big dreams for that Events tab. Each time a new event was planned for our church, I was going to have a stunning graphic, a captivating blurb and maybe even a promo video ready to go, straight up on the Events page on our church website.

The page would be buzzing with activity, with all the one-off and ongoing events available for kids, women, men and seniors, events for evangelism, events…

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Shoutout to all the women involved in church media and tech

To all the women managing your church’s website.

To all the women sitting behind the sound desk on a Sunday.

To all the women operating the computer and projection system.

To all the female Social Media Managers, Graphic Designers, Camera Operators, Video Editors, Database Coordinators and Media Directors.

You girls rock. We thank God for you!

All of our experiences will be different. You may be the only female volunteer in an “otherwise-male” ministry area. You may be a solo, “team-of-one” woman…

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Five helpful articles to steer your church’s Social Media efforts

If you’re one of the 1.09 billion people who access their Facebook page daily, one of the 50% of 18–24 year-olds go on Facebook when they wake up, or one of the [insert statistic here] percent of Christians who check Facebook before reading their Bible (sorry, no stats for this one!), you’ll appreciate how important Facebook is as a tool for connecting with our world.

If your church doesn’t yet have a Facebook page, we think it should! So, to help get you started, here’s a collection of five concise, helpful, easy-to-read articles about…

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5 tips to work smart in creative ministry

You’ve probably heard the old saying “work smart, not hard”. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of that phrase. We should work hard. God tells us to work hard (Col 3:23). But in a church, where we probably have limited time, limited resources, limited staff, limited skill sets, limited experience…(you get the idea…), we may not have the luxury of being able to work as hard as we want to. Which is why we’ve put together these 5 tips that will help you towork smart, as you undoubtedly work hard in your ministry to Jesus and his church.

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What you want when it comes to a church website theme!

We asked and you told us!

In a poll we conducted earlier this week about what churches are most looking for when it comes to a website theme, the overwhelming majority of you are looking, first and foremost, for responsive themes.

And this is hardly surprising! In 2014, mobile overtook desktop as the primary way people access the internet. This means that if your church’s website isn’t optimised for mobile devices, you’re potentially missing out on more than half of your web traffic!

In this fast-paced age where…

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Freebie — Women’s Ministry Booklet Template

After the great response we got from our Free Finance Infographic (Adobe Illustrator template), we have another freebie for you! For no other reason that because we love Jesus and we love you guys, we want to gift churches everywhere with this free template for Adobe InDesign. This time, it’s a 12-page booklet to be used to communicate Women’s Minsitry to your church.

Use it to communicate your vision, your plans, or simply an update on Women’s Minsitry at your church.

At my church, this booklet was used…

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Giving made easy — Tithe.ly Review

Jesus tells us in his Word that giving is a joy — that we should do it cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), that to give is a blessing (Acts 20:35) and that we should give in the same way in which we have received from God (Matthew 10:8).

Giving is a good thing. The very fact that we can give is a gift from God. So this week, we want to showcase an organisation who is making it just that little bit easier for Christians to give to their church.

Tithe.ly is a web-based giving platform…

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Eating dinner at a pub, and what it taught me about church

Last week my husband and I went out to dinner at a pub. We’d never been there before, but wanted to try something new.

It’s funny…going out to dinner at a place you’ve never been to before is a lot like going to church for the first time.

We felt pretty awkward and embarrassed after walking through the wrong door, not once, but twice. We were nervous about what we were wearing, after checking the website for a dress code, not finding anything, then reading on the door that sandals weren’t…

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Three questions to ask before using Facebook Sponsored Posts

There are a lot of things we love about Facebook advertising. Sponsored posts are a fantastic way of promoting your church’s events, getting wider exposure to your local community, or more effectively engaging those who already attend your church. We love that, for a relatively small investment, you can achieve huge reach with your message. We love that you set the maximum amount you want to spend, so there are no surprises at the end of an advertising campaign. We love that your ads can be tailored to appear to the exact demographic you specify.

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Guarding your heart in creative ministry

As a Church Communications Director, I’m pretty much living the dream. It continues to astound me that every single day, I get to use creativity, art and technology to contribute to my church’s mission of reaching the lost for Jesus. Many of you reading this will probably be in a similar position. Whether you’re paid or voluntary, if you are involved in your church’s website design & maintenance, social media, branding, marketing, graphic design, photography or video production, you’re in a very special position. You’re in the unique situation where you get to employ your own creative…

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Stop asking for photographers at your church events!

Okay, I admit, the title of this blog is slightly misleading… We do think you should arrange for someone with photography skills to come prepared to capture shots at your next church event, but we don’t think they should stop there!

Next time you organise an event for your church, be it a women’s night, men’s breakfast, kids’ club, youth retreat or family camp, find someone who knows their way around a DSLR and ask them to take some footage too. In fact, you should ask them to take mainly footage, with only a…

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Using B-roll footage to tell your stories

We’re living in a visual age, and more and more I’m seeing churches, missionaries and individuals using video to convey their stories and messages to their hearers.

We’re seeing video everywhere. Church announcements are being delivered using video. Overseas gospel workers are no longer sending written updates to their supporters, but sending videos of themselves sharing the excitement and struggles in their ministry. And with mediums like Facebook and Instagram being used more than ever, there has never been a better time to start using videos to convey your church’s stories.

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